NetEnt’s Cluster Pays Feature Returns in New Slot
NetEnt announced The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays slots game with a video trailer. What is drawing heads is the new slot Cluster Pay feature that was used in NetEnt’s Aloha Cluster Pay slots.
Features of Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays slots
The Cluster Pays feature is the main characteristic of the new NetEnt game. The reason why the feature deserves to be mentioned in the name of the game is due to one factor. This is a slot game that does not have any pay line.
When matching any symbols in the game, players only need for a set of nine symbols to be touching each other. The Cluster Pay mechanic is similar to puzzle games that require players to clear a group of symbols by touching a set of similar symbols touching one another.
In other words, the Shangri-La slots game gives players a payout for any cluster of nine symbols on the reels. This is a break away from the conventional All Ways pay line feature or 243 pay line slots. Shangri-La slots game allows players to create a match on two reels so long as there are nine symbols in a cluster. This 243-pay line game requires at least three similar symbols on three reels.
The 5×5 grid structure and stacking symbols of the slot can help maximize the benefits of the Cluster Pay feature. The space and frequency of symbols that come down in a group make it easier to create a cluster match.
In the trailer, NetEnt announced that the Shangri-La slots game will include four added features. These are Sticky Re-Spins, Random Substitutions, Nudge Reel, and Free Spins.
The noticeable feature here is the Nudge Reel. If this feature is the same as other Bitcoin slot games, triggering the Nudge Reel mechanic will slightly move the reels when a player is about to make a match. The Random Substitutions could also mean that the feature will place Wild symbols in random locations around the reel. This feature can create a bridge for a stack of similar symbols to create a cluster match.
Theme of the new NetEnt slot
The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pay slots game bases its theme on the fictional place that is considered as a paradise on earth. This can be seen with the background art which depicts an oriental scenery or place. Symbols also complement the Asian aesthetic of the game.
The characters of the Legend of Shangri-La slots game break any notion that the game is based on the original 1933 novel or movie. The anthromorphic red panda at the left side and other character symbols in the reels look similar to a popular 3D animated movie about a Panda who can perform Kung Fu.